Here it is — another year, another Super Bowl, and my second live Super Bowl blog post as I watch the XLVIIth edition of the National Football League’s championship game named after a kids’ toy from years ago (the “Super Ball” … do they still make those?).

super bowlThis year, it’s the San Francisco 49ers in their “Quest For Six” Super Bowl titles, going against the Baltimore Ravens with star linebacker Ray Lewis trying to close out his career by claiming a second championship ring.

I’ve already predicted today that the 49ers would take it, 21-17, in a game largely decided by defense with just enough offense from San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore and Vernon Davis to make the difference.

I’ll be starting updates here sometime between 4 p.m. (Mountain Time) and kickoff.  Feel free to keep it here and click the “Refresh” button on your browser as the game goes along for thoughts from this longtime NFL fan, right up through the end of the game and possibly then some.

For now, I’m off to start cooking some baked Ranch Doritos chicken breasts with turkey bacon and Swiss cheese on top, along with some taters, so my lovely but hungry wife will stop scowling at me (just kidding, honey!).

Enjoy the game!!!

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4:20 p.m. — Sandy Hook Elementary School Chorus sings to an audience of millions.  That’s cool!  As for Alicia Keys and the National Anthem … I like you, Alicia, but could you pick up the pace a bit?  A little like this …

4:40 p.m. — Baltimore’s Anquan Boldin, the man with the hands.  Ravens take the lead, 7-0.  There’s a lot of game left to play.

4:54 p.m. — Utah’s Paul Krrrruuuuuuugerrrrrrrrr!!!!  GRRRRRRRR!!!!  David Akers hits a field goal to make it 7-3.  And aside from  the first Doritos ad, I’m wondering if they make Super Bowl ads as good as they used to.  GoDaddy used to be sexy.  Now they’ve gone to gross?

4:59 p.m. — Okay, that Oreos fight in the library gives some hope for the ads.

5:22 p.m. — I did say that San Francisco has a top-flight defense, right?  They’re not exactly showing it yet.  BYU alum Dennis Pitta catches a TD pass to put the Ravens up 14-3, and the Salt Lake City media will have more to report on from the game.

5:36 p.m. — Get that fake stuff outta here, Baltimore!  Time for the Niners to wake up.

5:45 p.m. — Can we get an offensive pass interference call against the Ravens here?  Oh well.  Pull your heads out, Niners!

5:46 p.m. — Aaaah, finally another very good and funny ad, this time with a guy in Skechers running shoes hog-tying a cheetah about to chase down a gazelle.  Good one!

5:49 p.m. — Jacoby Jones, amazing catch and run for another Baltimore TD.  A 21-3 game for the Ravens.  Yikes!

5:58 p.m. — David Akers field goal for San Fran, 21-6 margin.  Maybe Beyonce can sing some excitement into the 49ers at halftime.  If San Francisco can’t get something going on offense and defense early in the second half … well, it could be a long second half.

6:32 p.m. — Jacoby Jones, 109-yard kickoff return for a TD, a new record.  And the San Francisco 49ers say politely, “Oh, shoot!”  It’s suddenly a 28-6 game.

6:41 p.m. — A power outage at the Super Bowl.  Can it get any stranger?  A power outage!  Kind of reminds you of the 49ers’ effort so far, doesn’t it?  [RIMSHOT]

Airplane Jonny Plug (1)6:50 p.m. — Seen on Facebook, with the caption “Oops!”  Brilliant timing with what’s going on at the Superdome.  I take it the guy who pulled the plug’s a Niners fan.

7:03 p.m. — After nearly a half-hour delay due to the power outage, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh can be seen on the sideline chewing out a guy in a suit explaining the situation.  The threat of losing momentum can do crazy things to coaches.

7:10 p.m. — And we’re going again, after a 35-minute delay.  That’s about how long it took Alicia Keys to sing the National Anthem.  (Yeah, I know, that was awful of me to say that.)

7:24 p.m. — Also seen on Facebook, just before Colin Kaepernick connects with Michael Crabtree on a TD pass to cap an 80-yard drive to make it 28-13 … finally.  I think San Fran must have sent up an emergency signal to a superhero.

superdome

7:32 p.m. — Frank Gore runs it in for a score.  Suddenly, it’s a 28-19 game with the conversion try to come.

7:35 p.m. — And now it’s 28-20, a one-score game.  Momentum’s a crazy thing.

7:42 p.m. — San Fran recovers a Baltimore fumble at the Ravens’ 24.  It turns into a 39-yard field goal try that goes wide, but there’s a Baltimore penalty for running into the kicker.  David Akers gets a 34-yard try, and it’s good.  Baltimore, 28-23, and it’s 17 points from the 49ers in a span of 4 minutes and 10 seconds.  Wow!  Just … wow!

7:51 p.m. — In the world of Super Bowl ads, Deion Sanders as “Leon Sandcastle.”  Fan-TASTIC!  Deion comes back again!  LOL!  We have a winner!

7:57 p.m. — Baltimore kicks a gimme field goal, and it’s 31-23.

7:58 p.m. — “God made a farmer” ad for Dodge trucks with the voice of Paul Harvey.  Classy.  I can relate.

8:04 p.m. — Oh, yeah, Colin Kaepernick can run with the ball.  TD 49ers from 15 yards 0ut, and the 2-point try fails.  Two-point game, 31-29 Baltimore.  What a difference a power outage makes.

8:21 p.m. — For my lovely horse-crazy wife …

… and Baltimore is now up by five after a field goal, 34-29.  Time for a “Montana Miracle.”

8:28 p.m. — Can my heart take this?  First and goal Niners from just over 7 yards away.  Two minutes to go.

8:34 p.m. — 4th and goal from the 5 … incomplete pass to Crabtree in the end zone, and no call on contact.  There may not be a “Montana Miracle” this time.

8:42 p.m. — Baltimore goes for a safety on a punt from the end zone, makes it 34-31 with four seconds left.  Ran down time on the clock.  Strategy between the Harbaugh brothers.  Man oh man!

8:45 p.m. — Game over.  Baltimore is the new world champion of professional football.  Joe Flacco is the MVP.  What a second half!

Goodnight, y’all!!!

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